Rather than just chasing production the Williams family is aiming to be excellent caregivers of their land.

Organic opportunities: Their own land of milk and honey

The benefits of organic dairy farming outweigh the challenges. Sheryl Brown reports. Neville and Louise Williams have done it all, throughout their 35 years farming. They have milked cows in a high-input, high-stocking-rate system, they have milked once-a-day, and now they are certified organic farmers with 2.5 cows to the hectare and have installed robotic milkers. The couple like to …

Sign in and out and wash your boots at the same time. Hugh has gone for bright pink to draw people’s attention to the biosecurity point at the farm dairy.

M bovis: One big biosecurity lesson

The arrival of Mycoplasma bovis has highlighted the need for good biosecurity measures across the country. Anne Lee reports. Biosecurity begins at home, right at the farm gate and the boundary fence – it’s not just about security at the country’s borders. It’s one of the big lessons farmers around the country are learning quickly following the detection of Mycoplasma …

Joanne Leigh: ‘If this (acidification) is done right you can eliminate the risk of M bovis.’

M bovis: Acid test for calf milk

Large-scale calf-rearer Joanne Leigh finds citric acid is the answer to cutting the risk of the spread of Mycoplasma bovis. Sheryl Brown reports. Adding citric acid to whole milk is a practical and cost-effective method to reduce the risk of infecting calves with Mycoplasma bovis-infected milk. Top-Notch Calves has recently completed milk trials with Fonterra and DairyNZ to lower the …

As big as me! Harriet Moseby (18 months) and parents Ryan and Abby with a fodder beet grown on the farm for wintering.

Up hill and down dale

A Southland farm wasturned around during conversion to dairy, and it’s won the region’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards supreme award for 2018. Karen Trebilcock reports. When Ryan and Abby Moseby decided to convert Ryan’s parents’ sheep and beef farm near Mataura in Southland, they decided to put the dairy at the bottom of the farm. Both the top and bottom …

Cows on owl farm.

RESEARCH WRAP: Farm system evolution

Waikato’s demonstration Owl Farm has taken its stocking rate lower, reduced bought-in feed and increased profit, while cutting environmental losses. Louise Cook reports. As a demonstration farm we must demonstrate things. This seems rather obvious, it’s written in the title. If we look back on the 2017-18 dairy season at Owl Farm we’ve demonstrated a lot of things that have …

Working together has helped Robert Mensen (left) leap forward into a contract milking job, while Charlotte and Sam Lawn were able to jump into farm ownership. Photo: Brad Hansen

Milking with a long-term plan

Sharemilking in Taranaki this season, Charlotte and Sam Lawn will move east next year with plans to be in beef in the future. Jackie Harrigan reports. Thinking laterally and being prepared to move regionally has helped Charlotte and Sam Lawn achieve farm ownership, along with working in with family and being brave about making calculated moves. Charlotte and Sam met at …

Risk-taking has been part of the job for Ron Pellow, but only risks that were backed up with sound research.

Taking risks for farmers

South Island Dairy Development Centre leader Ron Pellow tells it like it is to those inside and outsisde dairying. Anne Lee reports. He might have donned high viz rather than a cape but there’s no doubt outgoing South Island Dairy Development Centre executive director Ron Pellow has been a champion for the dairy sector over the past, almost, 10 years. …

Cheyenne Wilson – success an acknowledgment of those who have helped in her journey so far.

Enjoying the challenge

Manaakitanga values – hospitality, generosity, care for others and making people feel welcome – is important to Ahuwhenua Trophy Young Maori Farmer finalist Cheyenne Wilson. Anne Lee reports. People are the all-important kingpin in the success of any dairy farming business and creating a warm, welcoming team environment which fully embraces manaakitanga values is fundamental to having happy people, Cheyenne …